A $4000 UAW receipt issued to
Exceedingly rare partly-printed DS signed “Ben Siegel,” one page, 5 x 1.25, October 7, 1946. A temporary receipt slip from the UAW or “International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft & Agricultural Implement Workers of America,” L.U. No. 287, confirming that a total of $4000 was received by Bugsy Siegel, who signs below in fountain pen with his given name. In fine condition. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder. Siegel remains exceedingly scarce across all signed formats, with this being only the fourth example that we have ever offered.
In early 1946, when developer William Wilkerson exhausted construction funds for his new Flamingo Hotel, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, and other crime heads emerged as silent partners with a one million dollar investment. In order to run the hotel, Siegel appointed himself president of the Nevada Projects Corporation in June 1946. The Flamingo opened the day after Christmas, but building costs, poor turnouts, and large gambling losses resulted in its quick closure and Siegel scrambling to find additional backers. The Flamingo reopened on March 1, 1947, and showed modest profits soon thereafter, but Siegel’s mob partners, fed up with waiting for reimbursement, had the gangster gunned down eight months after he signed this receipt.